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Four Terrific Miniatures, Live at the Royal Opera

October 20, 2020 | Clive Paget, Musical America
“In 2020, making opera suddenly got harder,” flashes the opening subtitle. True, but while the U.S. is still making do with opera at the drive-in, over in Europe the artform is taking its first steps towards a new normal. For … » Read
 

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Filarmonica della Scala Takes Center Stage in Concert Aida

October 13, 2020 | James Imam, Musical America
MILAN -- One positive outcome of the pandemic’s restrictions has been the chance to hear new and unusual repertoire in Milan. Riccardo Chailly and the Filarmonica della Scala, relieved of pressure to fill seats (La Scala's audience has been … » Read
 

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New Music for the Chamber, by the Best

October 7, 2020 | Clive Paget, Musical America
While the pandemic has made it tricky for orchestras to perform, it has been a little easier for chamber groups, hence the recent deluge of new recordings by small ensembles, many of them offering repertoire by living composers. Top billing goes … » Read
 

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Chicago Symphony Launches “CSO Sessions” in Orchestra Hall

October 5, 2020 | Wynne Delacoma, Musical America
CHICAGO--Six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, there is little point in dwelling on what the American classical music scene has lost. Like the Flying Dutchman’s doomed vessel, that ship has sailed. Yes, the artistic casualties have been … » Read
 

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Four New American Opera Recordings, From Mazzoli to Gatto

September 30, 2020 | Clive Paget, Musical America
Even if you can’t see a lot of opera on stage right now, there are still plenty of chances to hear it on record with four intriguing contemporary American works among the best of the recent releases. Missy Mazzoli ’s track record as a … » Read
 

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At Wigmore Hall: An Evening of Julius Eastman

September 29, 2020 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
Julius Eastman died at 49, homeless and destitute, much of his music lost. Many of his compositions that do survive have been painstakingly reconstructed or transcribed from recordings since his death in 1990. Over the past few years … » Read
 

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Divas Open KenCen for a Select Few

September 29, 2020 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
The Kennedy Center reintroduced live music in grand style on Sept. 26, when Renée Fleming and Vanessa Williams offered an eclectic, hour-long array of songs for a small, very select audience. The locale was the Opera House, dramatically … » Read
 

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LA Phil, Back Onstage at the Bowl

September 28, 2020 | Richard S. Ginell, Musical America
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s perennial ATM machine, the Hollywood Bowl, was forced to close its gates to the public this summer, blowing a gaping hole in the Phil’s budget and dealing a devastating hit to … » Read
 

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ENO Launches 8-Day Run of Bohème in a Parking Garage

September 22, 2020 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
On Sept. 19 the English National Opera (ENO) presented Europe’s first live, drive-in opera. A parking garage at London’s Alexandra Palace is the venue for an eight-day run of 12 performances of a 90-minute version of Puccini’s … » Read
 

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Fabio Luisi Opens Dallas Season, Live with Audience

September 14, 2020 | Wayne Lee Gay, Musical America
DALLAS--In a world that might have been, 2000 music lovers would have cheerfully witnessed the opening concert of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s 2020-21 season in Meyerson Symphony Center on September 11. They would have seen Fabio Luisi, … » Read
 
 

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